Mediation or Litigation?

Mediation or Litigation?

Going to Court…

Each person instructs their own solicitor who will act on their behalf. This adversarial approach can be difficult and upsetting.

Solicitors may not always have the time or expertise to deal with complex emotional issues or disagreements which crop up on a day-to-day basis.

It is slower and more complicated to make agreements when dealing indirectly through third parties.

If you can’t agree, the Court will decide. Going to Court can be a stressful, slow and expensive process, with an unpredictable outcome. Either or both parties may not be happy with the final judgement.

The legal process does not usually encourage co-operation or positive communication and it could make things worse.

Using Mediation…

In mediation you both sit with a mediator. The mediator is impartial, will not tell you what to do, give legal advice, counseling or try to put you back together.

You are empowered to exchange information, ideas and feelings constructively. You can voice needs and concerns, in a calm, neutral environment.

Mediation helps you discuss workable solutions and explore their pros and cons. Proposals can be made quickly, tested in real time and refined if necessary.

In mediation you can shape your agreement to suit your precise, individual, day-to-day and future needs.

Mediation encourages cooperation and improves communication. Mediators aim to find a ‘win win’ solution.